Football Research, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the research and development of novel methods to prevent, mitigate and treat traumatic head injury.

The Board of Directors includes leading engineers and experts who will advise Football Research, Inc. on how best to achieve the goal of advancing biomechanics and create an environment where new and improved protective equipment will be developed.

The Board will support the NFL’s goal to foster an environment where improved protective equipment will be developed in the next three to five years.

Board of Directors of Football Research, Inc.

  • Geoff Ling, MD, PhD, Col. (Ret.)
    Dr. Ling is a leading authority on traumatic brain injury (TBI). For many years, he was the leading TBI subject matter expert for the Department of Defense. Dr. Ling is a retired U.S. Army colonel and was deployed as a neurointensive care physician to Afghanistan in 2003 and, to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. He is presently a professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is an attending physician in Neuro Critical Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. And he was the founding Director of the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he served for almost 12 years.
  • Barclay Morrison III, PhD
    Dr. Barclay Morrison III is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, director of the Neurotrauma and Repair Laboratory, and Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Morrison received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1992, his M.S.E and Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 1999, respectively, and continued his academic training as a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Neurosciences department at Southampton University, UK. Dr. Morrison’s research focus is on the biomechanics of traumatic brain injury at the tissue level to better prevent brain injuries, as well as on the biochemical, genomic, and molecular pathways responsible for post-traumatic cell death in the search for novel therapies to better treat brain injuries. He has published over 75 scientific manuscripts in both nationally and internationally recognized, peer-reviewed, journals, and has presented his research at both national and international conferences.  He serves as a council member and vice president for the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury and is associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and the Journal of Neurotrauma. In 2001, Dr. Morrison was the recipient of the Rickard Skalak Best Paper Award given by the American Society for Mechanical Engineers for his publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and in 2003 the John Paul Stapp Award for the best paper for his contribution to that year’s Stapp Car Crash Journal. More recently, he was the keynote speaker at the 2009 annual conference of the International Research Council on Biomechanics of Injury. Dr. Morrison’s work has been funded by private foundations, governmental agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Morrison is also actively engaged in educating the next generation of biomedical engineers, teaching Quantitative Physiology II as well as a neurophysiology module in BME Laboratory II at Columbia University.
  • Alton (Al) Romig, Jr., PhD
    Dr. Alton D. Romig, Jr. is the executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Under Congressional charter, the Academy provides advice to the federal government, when requested, on matters of engineering and technology. As executive officer, Dr. Romig is the chief operating officer responsible for the program, financial, and membership operations of the Academy, reporting to the NAE president. He was previously vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Advanced Development Programs, better known as the Skunk Works®. He spent the majority of his career at Sandia National Laboratories, operated by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, having joined Sandia as a member of the technical staff in 1979 and moved through a succession of R&D management positions leading to his appointment as executive vice president in 2005. He served as deputy laboratories director and chief operating officer until 2010, when he transferred to the Skunk Works. Dr. Romig is active on a number of advisory committees including those at the University of Washington, MIT, Ohio State, Purdue, the Colorado School of Mines, and Sandia. He is also visiting associate of applied physics and materials science at Caltech. Dr. Romig is a fellow of ASM International, TMS, IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and the Council on Foreign Relations in 2008, and was awarded the ASM Silver Medal for Materials Research in 1988. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, 1977, and 1979, respectively.
  • Jeffrey W. Runge, MD
    Dr. Runge has decades of clinical, research, leadership and administrative experience. Until 2001 he practiced and taught in North Carolina’s busiest emergency department and trauma center, while performing research in injury prevention, trauma care, and emergency service delivery. Dr. Runge was also the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first Chief Medical Officer, where he led the reorganization of biodefense operations into a new Office of Health Affairs. He then led the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he instituted programs that led to the first absolute declines in U.S. motor vehicle deaths in nearly a decade and the lowest highway fatality rate in history.